Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Eminent Music Legend Pyarelal (of Laxmikant Pyarelal pair) turns 75 years!

My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves…. 

Everybody has heard this super hit song from Amitabh Bachchan’s hit film AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY but few know that the name Anthony Gonsalves is not fictitious but is actually the real name of music director Pyarelal of the famous Bollywood – Laxmikant Pyarelal’s music Guru. Pyarela as a tribute to his Guru composed this timeless song. September 3 marks the birth anniversary of Pyarelal, who turns 75 years today. Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greeting and reveals the truth behind the composing of the song My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves…. 

In an interview Pyarelal had revealed how the song got conceived. He informed, “Few known that the name of Amitabh Bachchan in AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY was initially planned as Anthony D’souza, since the surname D’Souza is most prevalent amongst Christians. However when Manji told us (Laxmikant Pyarelal) that he also had one song in mind for the particular character, I immediately intervened.”


He adds, “Since I was the student of Anthony Gonsalves, the great music composer from Goa and the pioneer of introducing orchestrization in films, I thought it was great opportunity for me to immortalize my mentor and guru. Hence, I requested Manji to replace the surname from D’souza to Gonsalves so that I could pay my compliment to my music teacher.”

“Hearing this Manmohan Desai was moved over and so was film lyricist Anand Bakshi who was sitting along with us. Believe it or not within next half an hour his pen moved as swiftly as a lightening and the song was ready with both tune and lyrics. It went on to become a chartbuster,” he recalled. 

Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, along with his partner Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar remains the most popular music director duo of Indian cinema. They composed music for about 635 Hindi movies from 1963 to 1998, working for almost all notable filmmakers including Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, B.R. Chopra, Shakti Samanta, Manmohan Desai, Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Manoj Kumar and others. 

Some of their memorable songs include jaane vaalon zara, mud ke dekho mujhe… (DOSTI); Solah bars ki bali umar ko salam… (EK DUJE KE LIYE), Hum tum ek kamre mein Bandh ho… (BOBBY), Choli ke peeche kya hai…( KHALNAYAK), Ek do teen, char paanch che … (TEZAAB) etc.

Karan Johar to introduce Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara and Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan in his next film?

After Showman of Bollywood Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai, it seems Karan Johar is the latest Showman in the film industry. 

The young and dynamic filmmaker has literally become the Godfather for many youngsters like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Nikhil Advani, Soham Shah, Tushar Mansukhani, AyanMukerji, RensilD’Souza, Puneet Malhotra, Karan Malhotra, Shakul Batra etc the list is long.

With hit films like STUDENT OF THE YEAR, AGNEEPATH, EK MAIN AUR EKK TU and BROTHER, Karan Johar has gained confidence in new talent and is all out to promote new comers.


The latest to join the prestigious Dharma production, Karan Johar’s Production House, are none other but two new comers of famous film personalities. Buzz is Karan Johar is planning a casting coup by introducing Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara and Shahid Kapoor’s step brother Ishaan who is the son of Rajesh Khattar and Neelima Azim (Shahid’s mother). 

Though the director for the film is yet to be finalized the buzz is strong that Karan would be producing the movie under his banner of a Dharma Productions venture. 

Recently media was rife about Sara Ali Khan expressing her desire to join Bollywood. She is recently studying at the Columbia University and will complete her graduation degree next year. Hence chances are the film might start next year because papa Saif Ali Khan has made it clear that he has no objection about Sara joining Bollywood but she should first completes her formal education and then join films. 

As regards Ishaan, he is a trained dancer just like his elder brother Shahid Kapoor and has also worked on other films as an assistant.